Against Panorama; More support for Sears; Skewed vision

I am responding to a letter by Norma Sealey of Central Saanich. She wants to take money from my pocket so she can supplement the cost of her leisure/recreational activities. She has a petition supporting the view that everyone in Central Saanich should help pay for the Panorama Centre.

 I have been a resident of Central Saanich for almost 27 years. I object to my taxes being used to support the Panorama Leisure/Recreational Centre. I write letters to the Central Saanich Council often expressing this view. I thank them for their responsible position they have taken.

If anyone in Central Saanich wishes to contribute to the Panorama Centre, please do it on your own, do not expect me to contribute to something I do not use and have no intent on using, and if I ever were to use it, I would expect to pay a user fee.  Get your hand out of my pocket. No one pays for my present leisure/recreational activities — I pay for them.


Dennis  R.  Sorensen

Brentwood Bay, B.C.

Editor’s note: At present, all taxpayers on the Saanich Peninsula pay for the Panorama Rec Centre, as they do for library services and schools — which not all taxpayers use, but which are considered essential services for the general community. The latest request is for all taxpayers to share the cost for an expansion of the Rec Centre.

Re: Theresa Sears.

I wave at her and will keep waving at her.

A few years ago I read an article in Condé Nast (the acclaimed travel magazine) and they had an article about travelling across Canada by car. The opening sentence was: “Canada is a country of the bland leading the bland.” That made an impression on me, because it was someone seeing us from the outside.

I have travelled a great deal, and when I came back home I was surprised by our “controlled behaviour.”

Does this mean we all have to behave a certain way in order to belong?

I have never seen [Sears] not doing her duty, with a little cheer on the side.

… Bah, humbug!

Jackie Tatton

Re: Silent spring looms for NDP (B.C. Views, Jan. 3).

Tom Fletcher’s synopsis of B.C. politics is, as usual, skewed by his own ideological slant. The opposition has been hard at work, questioning the direction this government is taking on health care in this province.

We need innovation in our public system, not the fear mongering of Finance Minister Carole Taylor. Why do these issues not “stick to Taylor”? Could our right-wing media be part of the reason? For some reason Mr. Fletcher feels that raising the issue of the treatment seniors have faced in the light of government cutbacks and broken promises is exploitive. This is not a newsworthy issue?

As for homelessness, the results of the latest Greater Vancouver Regional District homelessness report confirm that the number of homeless people in the Lower Mainland has doubled while the B.C. Liberals have been in power. This is at a time when the government has enjoyed a huge increase in royalties in the energy sector.

The New Democrats have plenty of “innovative ideas” to help deal with these pressing social issues. What the people of B.C. don’t have is the calibre of journalists to get these issues out there.

Janet Allen


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